Ecuador army frees President Correa from hospital siege

October 1, 2010 04:17


Widespread gunfire was heard as the army moved in to free the president, who was there for treatment after being attacked by police with tear gas.

BBC News

EXCERPTS:

The president and his supporters said the police revolt over a new law cutting benefits for public servants amounted to an an attempted coup.

Under cover of darkness Mr Correa was reportedly smuggled out of the hospital in a wheelchair as a gun battle between troops and police raged.

The drama began on Thursday morning when members of the armed forces and police angry at the austerity measures occupied several barracks and set up road blocks across the country.

During the day Mr Correa received strong support from governments throughout the Americas, with a string of Latin American nations and the US all speaking up for the embattled president.

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